On May 23, 1996, Roger Clemens became the 7th Red Sox pitcher to bat since the inception of the designated hitter. With the exception of Tim Lollar, who reached base safely as a pinch hitter in 1986, Clemens is the first Red Sox pitcher to get a base hit as a pitcher up at bat since the inception of the DH rule.
A look at these rare instances:
Date Opponent Pitcher Slugging Result July 12, 1975 Texas Luis Tiant Flied out May 21, 1976 New York Jim Willoughby Flied out June 17, 1976 Oakland Dick Pole Grounded out July 5, 1976 Chicago Luis Tiant Struck out July 25, 1979 Oakland Joel Finch Flied out July 29, 1980 Kansas City Dick Drago Grounded out Aug. 8, 1985 Kansas City Tim Lollar Line out Aug. 12, 1986 Kansas City Tim Lollar Singled May 23, 1996 Seattle Roger Clemens Singled July 30, 1997 Seattle Steve Avery Grounded out May 13, 2000 Baltimore Derek Lowe Struck out
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